Banning, CA: Boulevard of Blight

Banning, CA:  Boulevard of Blight

Blight is a disease that hurts plants and makes their leaves wither. It can also affect neighborhoods. According to Vocabulary.com, Urban blight refers to a part of the city where things are falling apart. Banning certainly seems to have its share of blight, with all the vacant lots mixed with dilapidated residences and shuttered storefronts […]

Palm Springs, CA: Not Sure What All The Fuss Is About

Posted by on Jul 5, 2021 in Destinations, Location Photography | No Comments
Palm Springs, CA: Not Sure What All The Fuss Is About

After a protracted battle, Seward Johnson’s “Forever Marilyn” statue has been installed in front of the Palm Springs Art Museum. Some objected to the placement, thinking the 26-foot-tall aluminum and steel sculpture, depicting a scene from the 1955 comedy, “The Seven-Year Itch,” appears to be flashing the museum to the rear, and a misogynistic objectification […]

Banning, CA: A “Chamber of Commerce” View Following Storm

Posted by on Jan 23, 2021 in Destinations, Location Photography | No Comments
Banning, CA:  A “Chamber of Commerce” View Following Storm

Following a storm a few weeks ago I woke up early to find the mountains flanking the San Gorgonio Pass shrouded in fresh snow. Instead of taking my usual morning walk, I drove up to a turnout on Hwy 243 for an unobstructed view. This image is four frames from a Nikon full-frame DSLR stitched […]

Ventura, CA: A Short Walk On A Long Pier

Posted by on Jun 1, 2019 in Destinations | No Comments
Ventura, CA: A Short Walk On A Long Pier

On Tuesday, after the Memorial Day weekend, I went for a short road Trip to Ventura. I’d driven through the town, en route to Santa Barbara and points north a gazillion times, but never stopped. After a brief walk on California’s longest wooden pier I enjoyed lunch at Beach House Tacos, rumored to serve the […]

Lake Elsinore, CA: Wet Winter Results In Wildflower “Superbloom”

Posted by on Feb 27, 2019 in Destinations, Location Photography | No Comments
Lake Elsinore, CA:  Wet Winter Results In Wildflower “Superbloom”

I ventured down to Walker Canyon in Lake Elsinore to see the wildflowers blooming on the hillsides. Apparently the trails are only open on weekends, creating a mess as visitors traipse around the barriers and among the flowers to photograph themselves, trampling the delicate blooms in the process. Motorists often park along the side of […]

Highland, CA: Looks Like Winter From The East Valley

Posted by on Dec 9, 2018 in Destinations, Location Photography | No Comments
Highland, CA: Looks Like Winter From The East Valley

I took a short drive this afternoon to see what San Bernardino Peak and Mt. San Gorgonio looked like covered in snow following the recent storm from various locations around town. I made photos of a new housing development with the snow-covered peaks in the background, and along Base Line at various vantage points. It […]

Big Bear Lake, CA: It’s About Time We Started Getting Some Snow

Posted by on Dec 7, 2018 in Destinations, Location Photography | No Comments
Big Bear Lake, CA: It’s About Time We Started Getting Some Snow

Going back through more old pictures, I found this one I really enjoyed from 10 years ago. A late May snowstorm surprised everyone, including this carved bear at the entrance to a business in Big Bear Lake. I wouldn’t mind being pleasantly surprised by a healthy snowfall this year, it’s about time we started getting […]

Running Springs, CA: Clouds Cling To Mountainside

Posted by on Dec 7, 2018 in Destinations, Location Photography | No Comments
Running Springs, CA: Clouds Cling To Mountainside

I drove up to Running Springs and Snow Valley yesterday to check on conditions. Returning to the flatlands, I stopped and grabbed this view, showing clouds clinging to the mountainside and Hwy 330 snaking in and out of canyons. The communities of Redlands and Mentone can be seen in the distance.